Many customers often ask where the crematoriums are in South Australia. There are five major crematoriums in South Australia, ranging from publicly run to privately owned and operated.

NameLocationOperator
Enfield Memorial ParkClearviewAdelaide Cemeteries Trust (State Gov)
Centennial ParkPasadenaCentennial Park Cemetery Authority (Local Gov)
Western Region CrematoriumPort AdelaideTony Monte Funerals (Private)
Carinya Gardens CemeteryMount GambierCity of Mount Gambier (Local Gov)
Northern Region CrematoriumGawlerPrivate

Scattering / Memorialising  Ashes in South Australia

Section 36 of the South Australia Burial and Cremation Act (2013) states: “NO interment right is required for the scattering of cremated remains in a cemetery or natural burial ground.”

Further, there is no general permit required for scattering cremated remains in South Australia and no regulations prohibiting scattering. However you still need to follow the below guidelines:

Cemeteries and Memorial Parks

Memorial Parks offer a number of options for cremated remains. 

  • Permanent Cremation Memorials , eg  a niche in a wall, or in a garden bed. Each Cemetery has various options. Contact the cemetery involved for their options and pricing. Memorialisation can be purchased for perpetuity (forever) or limited tenure (25 years) 
  • Scattering of Ashes can be done in cemetery gardens. Once again please contact the cemetery you are considering for their options and pricing.
  • Ashes can also be interred in a grave with other burials  if permission of the owner of the gravesite is given. 

Government owned public land and parks

A person needs to contact the specific local council, seeking permission to scatter on a particular piece of Public land and follow the requirements the Local council place on you. No permit is required however.

Private land

You can inter or scatter cremated remains on your own privately owned property.

If the private property is owned by someone else you will need permission from the owner of the land. Once again, no permit is required.

Bodies of water

You do not need a permit or permission to scatter ashes at sea, or in rivers.

Keep a few extra things in mind when considering scattering in water::

  • If you are scattering from a vessel you must get permission from the boat owner to scatter. See this article about scattering from a cruise ship.  
  •  If you are at the beach or on a pier be mindful of other members of the public when scattering. 
  •  Often it is quite windy by the water, so be mindful of the direction of the wind when scattering. You don’t want to have remains scatter back to land or into anyone.
  • Never just throw the ashes container overboard as it will float. Always empty the container into the sea.

An alternative to scattering in water is to use a specifically designed urn for dispersing remains directly into a body of water. You simply place the urn into a body of water and the urn will float away with the natural tide. Over time the urn dissolves and the remains are dispersed into the water. The Eco Water Urn from The Living urn is a beautiful example.

There are a number of charter companies that offer Memorial Charters for scattering in South Australian waters.  Here are just a couple:

Blue Ice Charters, operating out of Adelaide

South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron offers this service from either O’Sullivan Beach or Adelaide Shores boat ramps. Enquiries can be made to the Squadron Headquarters by telephone on 8295 5062.

Seaside Memorial

A wonderful idea is that Local Council for the Glenelg and Brighton beach has created a seaside memorial for people who have had their remains scattered at these beaches. Contact the City of Holdfast Bay. (08) 8229 9999

General Tips for scattering

If scattering remains be mindful of the following thoughts, which will help make the experience a little easier and more pleasant for everyone.

  • Consider the container the remains are in. Containers from the crematorium are difficult to open (often with a plug that needs a flat screwdriver to lift it off) and often not easy to scatter from. Ensure you know how to open the receptacle before the moment comes to scatter.
  • Alternatively consider transferring the remains into a receptacle specifically designed for easily scattering remains, such as the Eco Scattering Urn.
  • Be aware of the direction of the wind when scattering remains. Have guests stand upwind to avoid any airborne remains blowing into family or friends.
  • Consider other people.  If scattering in a public place remember other people have every right to be there also. Be respectful and if needed, discreet. Choose a time and a place that avoids large numbers of members of the public.

Of course you can always choose to keep your loved ones remains at home with you. As we all know – there’s no place like home.

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